“The festival gleefully seesaws between intoxicating, outlandish interdisciplinary performances and contemplative, subtly challenging artistic installations.” – The Quietus
On Friday 20 & Saturday 21 April, Sonica arrives at King’s Place, offering a packed weekend celebrating ‘sonic art for the visually minded’. Expect intimate installations and thought-provoking performances combining multi-sensory audiovisual art.
Catch Slow Pixel – truly an experiment like no other – as 176 live snails take centre stage. French visual artist Elizabeth Saint-Jalmes and lighting designer Cyril Leclerc conduct an immersive sensorial experiment as they harness each snail with a small diode and speaker, inviting the audience to slow down to a snail’s pace as the creatures draw their unique individual paths.
In a UK premiere, Australia’s top AV artist Robin Fox composes a concerto for a laser beam in his brand new audio-visual mashup Single Origin. Renowned for creating stunningly expansive and intense sound worlds, Robin presents the third in his series of breathtaking works for laser and sound, which explore the possibilities of mechanically-induced synaesthesia.
Belgian mezzo-soprano Els Mondelaers and Dutch composer Dyane Donck join forces to create the multi-sensory headphone opera trip NYXedelica. A unique performance where modern classical composition meets psychedelic pop, the audience don state-of-the-art binaural headphones to experience a unique 3D soundscape that’s both intimate and immersive – a massage for the ears!
Plus, don’t miss Robbie Thomson’s Infinite Lives, as it turns Kings Place into a science laboratory with robots, kinetic sculptures, modified technology, real live sea monkeys and an irresistible electronic beat, experimenting with the farthest limits of our own consciousness.
Other highlights include updated 90’s beats from Irish duo Lakker; a thought-provoking sculptural sound installation tackling global climate change; a translucent virtual reality sculpture Nearer Future; and a crystalline cathedral of light set to Robert Bentall’s composition Telian. To discover the full line-up and to book your tickets, visit the King’s Place website.